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Summer coolers

Wednesday, 29 July 2015 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Gay Men, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Philip Minaker

Our style guy Philip Minaker reviews what’s hot in swimwear

Summer coolers

Okay! It’s now time once again for a little fashion sense with a whole lot of eye-candy! Swimwear is an essential staple for any summer wardrobe so let’s explore what’s hot. And with all the options available, show and tell has never been better! 

Regardless of whether you chose to just soak up the sun or expand on your workout regime with summer outdoor activities, you will want to don the most appropriate trunks.  Function as well as colour, silhouette and proportion are the key factors to consider when shopping for trunks that will carry you through this season with style. 

Like the rest of your summer wardrobe prints, electric colors and bold graphics are key options to consider when selecting swimwear. Checks, stripes and op-art prints offer an upbeat look that can depict a more whimsical side to your personality making you all the more appealing and eye candy in your own right. Trunks with contrasting colors utilized on edging and hemlines are also quite abundant and offer a flattering added touch. 

Advances in fabric technology have never been better in transitioning swim wear from the beach to the streets. Rapid dry fabrics, breathable synthetics and finely meshed or weaved materials allow your swimwear to breathe and prevent chaffing or unsightly rashes that can occur from non-porous materials that once were the norm in swimwear. This also adds to the likelihood of integrating swimwear into street wear without any repercussions or regrets that could occur with wearing over a long period of time. 

In terms of style, the tried and true favorite is the mid calf style silhouette that not only acts as the perfect swim suit but can serve as a walking short that can be easily integrated into your wardrobe adding versatility and function. Opt for this “short” style that best comes with a liner for added comfort and support. Whether you chose to strut around town or participate in a variety of outdoor sports these can be the perfect option. Walking shorts this season are also more fitted or tapered to the body enabling you to carry off this look without being judged as a fish out of water. 

Board shorts and even short shorts (whether fitted or not) can also fall into this style option but be careful with your own body proportions and whether they are age appropriate before selecting these as a staple in your wardrobe. 

Retro styles are also very prevalent for summer 2015! This short square cut or boxy and slightly looser fit than your typical Speedo has returned with a vengeance and is more flattering and less revealing than the more fitted options. And speaking of Speedo’s...body conscious square cut options are also a great alternative to the classic brief silhouette adding more comfort and less “cheekier” moments that can be interpreted as wardrobe malfunctions. 

A healthy dose of natural vitamin D combined with some added color to your skin tone will guarantee you look and feel better. It will also enable you to better carry off bright and flashier colors and prints that aren’t necessarily complimentary to your natural skin tone that are so on trend this season. 

Due to the various styles available in swimwear this season, you can easily beat the heat and relish those long dog days of summer with a sense of style that will make you cool, comfortable and set for whatever adventures you decide to take on. So dive into summer and make a splash!